Oof, this whole "girl power" feminism just rubs me the wrong way. Here are my responses to some quotes from the article:
"Girls today don't want to marry the hero – they want to become the hero."
Hmm, perhaps, but it's still all about men. Girls want to be a "hero" like Britney Spears, because then all the men will find her attractive and she'll have lots of money to buy sexy clothes with. The don't need to marry a hero, because they can sleep with all the hottest guys in the world!
"She doesn't need a man to define her – she's staked her own claim to the privileges of both femininity and masculinity."
That's what bothers me... I'm all for people defining themselves without being limited to traits that are stereotypically associated with their gender. But these "heroes" are just taking the worst of both sexes! The masculine drive to succeed, no matter who you step on, + "feminine wiles"... oh please.
"They criticise male-dominated industries and profit from them at the same time."
In other words, they are sleeping with the enemy.
And now for a change of pace, some quotes I like:
"If '70s feminism was built on ideals of authenticity and solidarity, '90s feminism was built on fantasies of individual self-advancement. Now every Madonna wannabe evokes the mythology that women can already do everything."
And that's a very harmful myth.
"Girls are told they can do anything. But the reality is only a minority will find fame and fortune in glamorous careers. Many more will find themselves forced into "McJobs" – low pay, low status jobs in the service industries."
Yep. Your McFeminism won't save you now! Capitalism's not so much fun when you're on the bottom, is it?